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Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council: A boon or a bane

Rebati Mohan Sinha

When the Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council (BMDC) came into existence, little did our community people realize, who were holding a motor bike procession from Kumbirgram Airport to Sadhu Thakur Sevashram, Tarapur, Silchar and followed by a felicitation, that it would turned into a turmoil in the community later? Now it is clearly visible that a division is imminent in the society due to newly formed committee of Mahasabha by the rival group with the help of BMDC.

The basic ethos of Bishnupriya Manipuri community is harmony; but I would not question the right to speak or raise pertinent issue. We are cowards and prefer to just debate within the confines of our meeting only, but we never evaluate. Why do we talk about only language, radio, TV and language teacher’s enrolment issues? What about other issues like roti, kapda and makan? At the moment, Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council (BMDC) is not thinking of any development in the society except eying for the grant-in-aid from the State/Central Government. In my earlier articles on Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council (BMDC), it was clearly mentioned that a society can not be developed merely on Government grant.

About 80% of our population live in villages. We can not make any progress until our villages are developed. The life of the villages is very hard because of bad communication. Our Govt. realized that the progress of the community was not possible without the development of our villages; therefore, plans were made to develop the villages and to improve the living condition of the poor; but BMDC is doing just the other way. It must think about Bishnupriya Manipuri people below poverty line, and not the people living in Guwahati, Silchar and other district towns.

Did BMDC ever try to find out what percentage of people living below poverty line? Where is the bylaw or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to run the council? There were plenty of questions raised in my earlier articles on BMDC; but it failed to get any response. Where is the notification of Govt. on BMDC formation with satellite areas of village councils with population? Mahasabha never wanted BMDC would be a mere fund collector and disburse as per desire of the Babus of Govt.and Chairman. People might still remember that once late Rajiv Gandhi, then Prime Minister of India declared in Lal Quila on the Independence Day that villagers receiving sixteen paise as development fund out of a rupee sent from Centre, he would try to increase up to 32 paise. I do not know how much is reaching to us through BMDC. The Chairman only could tell us. Now, the Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council (BMDC) has become a bone of contention in the Bishnupriya Manipuri society.


  1. Boons or snag are always relative words.. like beauty. The thing which i think right may be iniquitous for others. Creation and demand of BMDC was obviously a brainchild of NBMM,  which on later stage the hobby  horse was hijacked by some astute folks with the help of their deceitful ideologue. Nevertheless, the lackluster leaders tried to cover up by doing some disbursement of few obtuse items to some of their followers instead of benefiting the actual needy as said by Mr R M Sinha , the poor villagers. Their act certainly did not impress the educated critics unlike some murky sub urban community politicians who had tamed rivalry against other real aspirants to be on the lead, hence dividing into two groups the Boons party and the Banes.

    BMDC and its leaders now gradually becoming the LOD... Line of Division ... which once NBMM used to be..

  2. BMDC was formed for the greater interest of the BM society, however the members of the BMDC have very conveniently changed it into a venture for the 'greater interest' of a few individuals. Though the BMDC has been constituted by some of the intellectual people of the society yet their role in the BMDC has raised many questions in the eyes of the public. It seems that the members of the BMDC have not understood the meaning of the development council and its role in the society, and hence the question of BMDC: 'A boon or a bane' is raised today. These members have forgotten their duties and responsibilities towards the society but acted merely for their own self interest.
    The working of BMDC requires lot of changes. Firstly, its members should not take confrontational approach with the NBMM. Secondly, they should concentrate their development efforts in the rural areas. Thirdly, they should avoid nepotism while helping the common people. Lastly, they should consider themselves as representatives of the society and realize the gravity and responsibility of such a position instead of exploiting it.There are lot of reasons for the apparent tension between BMDC and the NBMM. But whatever may be the reason, the confrontation between them is not good for the society and its people. The sooner the intellectuals realize this, the better for the Bishnupriya Manipuris. Also, the people of the society must learn to live in unity if an identity and an equal pace with the rush of the present world is to be maintained.

  3. wht kind of development is this? 10 autos n 10 bicycle cant make a development. use ur brain u have a long way to go. sucking ur kartik sinha ass wont make any progress. beg the govt as u alys do, beggar

  4. Thanks for the information Mr Gabar Singh, I think u hav donated alots and wasted alots of time for Bishnupriya Manipuri. So please try to update your mind hope you will get the actual informations.
    And m seeing ur surname also missing oh tats why the actual information is also missing sorry.

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  6. Thanks Gabar Singh for your modern words,

    Just I like to invite you please come forward and share your knowledge to develop the society. From your words i assume that you are a billionaire, so am begging to you kindly help we beggars to develop the society.


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